Thorens being one of the longest established and most renowned names in audio, it will come as no surprise to learn that the TD-550 is something very special indeed.

The concept behind the TD-550 was to develop Thorens` classic suspended sub-chassis design to its ultimate expression, with emphasis firmly on sonic performance and luxurious design.

The TD-550 is a true heavyweight turntable, with a 6.3kg platter, it provides a combination of the best assets of high mass and suspension isolation to the benefit of sound quality.

Motor drive is by a silent-running AC synchronous unit with elecronic speed control, touch sensor buttons control function and speed selection and the stylish LED display has adjustable brightness.

Factory fitted  tonearms from Rega, SME or Ortofon are available, including some 12" models.  Arm fitment is via a high-density carbon-fibre mounting board. Easy user adjustment is provided for subchassis height and turntable level.  And as an added audiophile bonus, the TD-550 is provided with balanced XLR as well as RCA output connectors.

The eye-catching appearance matches that of the reference electronic line from Thorens, with  luxurious 'Makassar' dark wood veneer or high gloss piano black and polished chrome, to give a puposeful and attractive look.

Prices of the TD-550 start at £5,250 for the chrome and piano black version supplied with Ortofon AS 212S arm.  Wood finish is a small premium and other arm variations are also available.